There's quite a few products around that are accidentally vegan. So while you can enjoy discovering some new vegan chocolate and biscuits, you can also keep eating these items safe in the knowledge that they contain no animal products.
Delicious though marmalade is when spread on buttered toast, it has other culinary uses. Stirring some into a sauce for duck is the obvious choice, although orange flavours go well with pork, too. But don't stop at savoury dishes.
So I popped to the Dorchester Grill for dinner, what with the place having had a pimping spruce-up. Having left the world of plump cushions behind me - the hotel hall is awash with them - I entered a lush cloud of gold and orange. The room is ornate. Of course it's ornate. The very word could have been invented for it.
When the Huffington Post asked me, a 37-year-old married father of two, if I wanted to enter a cooking competition to win a trip to Hong Kong with a 25-year-old girl I'd never met, it was a real no-brainer. I'm confident that in no way would my wife go ballistic if I jogged off to the other side of the world leaving her with two pre-school kids to look after, so I signed up on the spot.
With a big white front to the building surrounded by trees and opposite the picturesque promenade, the hotel is in an ideal spot for exploring pretty Cheltenham. You can access the boutique shops and local wine bars in about five minutes and the town centre is about a 10 minute walk away.
Spare a thought also, therefore, for those who don't fall into the stereotypical profile of a skinny young girl who wants to look like a Cosmo cover girl. The elderly, the children, the middle aged and the men who also suffer from conditions that take over a whole life.
Whether you prefer foraging, cooking or the simple pleasure of 'growing your own', an edible hedge is the perfect way to enjoy fresh food for free. Edible hedges can provide a wide variety of fruits, nuts and herbs, and all it takes is a quick trip to the back garden to top up your supplies.
Whilst its nice to have a dresser full of lotions and potions, real beauty starts from the inside. There's no point in spending £100's of pounds on the latest anti-wrinkle cream if you're going to fill your body full of junk food. So, try adding these super foods to your diet and eat your way to great skin...
The shoulder is cooked long and slow and is so tender by the end that it's literally falling off the bone. It takes five and a half hours not counting prep time, so you have to plan ahead, but once it's in the oven it's pretty much trouble-free.
So as each and every one of you will know, this month has been Veganuary - a 31 day long promise to the birds and bees and cows and pigs and sheep and prawns and former racehorses that for the duration of January 2015 I will comply with a more compassionate lifestyle that diminishes their need to suffer.
It is worth noting that research into the health risks of GM crops and of both Roundup and glyphosate continues, and the GM industry still faces the possibility of a fatal blow from new scientific evidence, confirming what many studies have already suggested, namely that GM food poses significant risks to human health.
Unfortunately we are not all programmed to be gym-bunnies and live off green juice, so come the first of February the gym regulars tend to get their normal routine back, while many of us might find ourselves with a glass of wine in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other, not really understanding how it happened.
But the injustices of intensive meat production aren't limited to the animals involved, or the natural environment, or the people unfortunate enough to live close to industrial farms. It's worse than that.
Hang on, veganism is not solely about the health benefits bestowed on the individual, is it now, dear commenter? What about the benefits enjoyed by the animals that don't get ingested, or X-ed out as collateral damage in some intensive food manufacturing process?
Against my better judgement, I sometimes sneak my dogs a treat that doesn't quiet fit into the diet of healthy canine nutrition. Rest assured, I will pay the price later when it smells like something died in my house.
As the snow melted, the green of the snowdrop stems became visible and my thoughts turned to the chickweed growing nearby. Befriend this wild edible and you may enjoy nature's green larder over the colder months.